Sylvie Courvoisier


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Sylvie Courvoisier is a pianist, composer, sideman, and bandleader.  Born in Lausanne, Switzerland, Ms. Courvoisier moved to New York in 1998 and has lived in Brooklyn since that time.  She has led several groups over the years and has recorded more than 20 records for different labels, notably ECM, Tzadik, and Intakt records.  She has performed and recorded with John Zorn, Mark Feldman, Yusef Lateef, Ikue Mori, Tony Oxley, Tim Berne, Joey Baron, Joëlle Léandre, Herb Robertson, Butch Morris, Evan Parker, Mark Dresser, Ellery Eskelin, Lotte Anker, Fred Frith, Michel Godard, Tomazs Stanko, and others.  She has been commissioned to write music for concerts, radio, dance, and theater.  Her works include Concerto for electric guitar and chamber orchestra and Balbutiements for vocal quartet and soprano.  She has received commissions from various entities, including the Vidy Theater of Lausanne, Pro Helvetia, and Germany's Donaueschingen Musiktage Festival.

Ms. Courvoisier's latest releases as a leader are Abaton with Mark Feldman and Erik Friedlander (ECM Records, 2004); Signs and Epigrams, a solo piano album (Tzadik Records, 2007); Lonelyville, with her quintet (Intake Records, 2008); and two quartet albums, To Fly To Steal and Hotel du Nord (Intakt Records, 2010, 2011).  She has also released a duo album, Oblivia, with Mark Feldman (Tzadik Records, 2010) and Live at Theater Vidy-Lausanne (Intakt, 2013).

Since 1995, Sylvie Courvoisier has been touring widely with her own groups and as a side person in Canada, Europe, Japan, and the United States.  Currently, she co-leads the Sylvie Courvoisier/Mark Feldman Quartet with Scott Colley and Billy Mintz.  She also is the leader of her own quintet, Lonelyville, and her new trio with Kenny Wollesen and Drew Gress.  She performs regularly solo and in duo with violinist Mark Feldman.

Ms. Courvoisier is a member of Mephista, an improvising trio with Ikue Mori and Susie Ibarra, and she plays in another improv trio with Ellery Eskelin and Vincent Courtois.  Since 2010, she has been working as a pianist and composer with the new project of the flamenco dancer Israel Galvan "la Curva."

She has been awarded Switzerland's 1996 Prix des jeunes créateurs, Zonta Club's 2000 Prix de la Création, Switzerland's 2010 Grand Prix de la Fondation Vaudoise de la Culture, and the 2013 award from the New York Foundation for the Arts.